Archive for Orson Welles

For the Love of Film Noir :: Terror and Tenderness! (June, 1947)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by WB Kelso





FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles

This post is part of my rehash and continuation of the For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon originally held back in February of 2011. Thus and so, we will be heading down the rain-soaked streets and neon-drenched back alleys of Noirville again for the entire month of March. And along with all the old material migrating over from the old site, we’ll also be scattering around a lot of new stuff as well. Also of note, we’ll be posting them in chronological order to show how the genre evolved and progressed from the 1940′s through the late ’50s. And as an added bonus, I’ll be posting some vintage adverts to stuff I’ve always associated with the genre — cigarettes, booze and fashionable ladies.

The Stranger (1946) International Pictures :: The Haig Corporation :: RKO Radio Pictures / P: Sam Spiegel / D: Orson Welles / W: Anthony Veiller, Victor Trivas, Decla Dunning / C: Russell Metty / E: Ernest J. Nims / M: Bronislau Kaper / S: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Martha Wentworth

When the Felgercarb Hit the Fan over the War of the Worlds :: The Nation Reacts to the Greatest Hallowe’en Prank Ever! (October, 1938)

Posted in 1930-1939, Vintage News Articles, Vintage News Photos with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by WB Kelso








“This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that The War of the Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering in which it was intended to be; the Mercury Theater’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of bush and saying ‘Boo.’ Starting now we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night so we did the next best thing: we annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed the [Colombia Broadcasting System]. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye, everybody, and remember, please, for the next day or so, the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and when your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. It’s Hallowe’en.”


Video courtesy of MichaelTivey.

Tuned In :: The Life of Harry Lime (March, 1953)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads, Tuned In, Vintage Ads with tags , , , on July 11, 2012 by WB Kelso